Suicide Prevention Week Events 2013
Be Aware Show You Care
Suicide Prevention Week Movie Series
In 2011, over 13 million American kids will be bullied at school, online, on the bus, at home, through their cell phones and on the streets of their towns, making it the most common form of violence young people in this country experience. Bully, a documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America, follows the lives of five students who face bullying on a daily basis. There have been numerous instances whereby severe cases of bullying have resulted in individuals taking their own lives. It is the hope of the filmmakers that Bully will raise awareness on the issues surrounding bullying and compel individuals to take action to change a culture of bullying into one of empathy and action.
Field of Memory
Monday, Sept. 23 – Saturday, Sept. 28th
The Be Aware Show You Care Flag Exhibit is a powerful and poignant visual display representing the 1000+ suicides that occur on U. S. college campuses each year. Come and personalize a flag to show your support and awareness or honor a memory of someone lost.
Be Aware Show You Care Art Exhibit
Exhibit: Display Cases Across Campus All Week
The "Be Aware, Show You Care" Interactive Art Exhibit is a community-sharing exhibit. Bandanas are used culturally in many ways for practical, religious, identification, and defiance purposes. We encourage community members to personalize a bandana, allowing us to share their thoughts and experiences on the impact of suicide in their lives.
To create your unique piece of art and add to this inspirational exhibit, please visit the Counseling and Mental Health Services, Arjona Room 407, September 23-27, 12pm - 4pm when art supplies will be available.
We invite the entire campus to be part of this community project!
Wednesday, September 25th
A memorial service and candlelight ceremony will be led by The Area Association of Religious Communities (AARC) for everyone who has been impacted by suicide or would simply like to come share support. The Service offers compassion, a tone of healing, community support, and a safe place to share for those who chose to do so. The service will feature songs by UConn’s a capella group, A-Minor
Out to Lunch Lecture Series: Spirituality for Difficult Times
Thursday, Sept 26th
One of the most troubling questions we can ask is: why is life so difficult? Looking at the world, and our own lives, the reality of human suffering can at times be overwhelming - and the responses to suffering can seem flat and hollow. But despair or pat answers are not our only options. The Rev. Hilary Greer will join us for a personal and spiritual reflection on living through times of suffering. Drawing on examples from her own life experience, as well as her work as a hospital trauma chaplain and with genocide survivors in Rwanda, Rev. Greer will explore interfaith sources of strength and meaning for difficult times. Rev. Greer is a priest in the Episcopal Church, a denomination that affirms the dignity of people of all genders and sexualities.
Student Voices Panel
Thursday, September 26th
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students. We have an opportunity to make a difference in our community. Please join us for a riveting talk by a panel of students who will discuss: "My Story and What Can We Do to Help?" Suicide Facts, Awareness and Prevention.
Suicide Prevention Week Movie Series
Don’t Change the Subject
Don’t Change the Subject is a darkly comic look at what happens when one man dares to ask questions about the dirtiest word in any language - suicide. Director Mike Stutz investigates his mom's suicide by opening up a conversation with his family that they never had when he was a kid. Then he recruits a band of writers, artists, dancers, comics, punk clowns (yes there are punk clowns) and suicide survivors to put their own unique stamp on the conversation. Teenagers dance to autopsy reports. A jumper gives tips on how to come out of a coma. A comic discovers that suicide can actually be funny. Also dozens of amazingly honest and incredible people open up about their lives in ways that you'd never expect.
Family Weekend Forum: Coping with College Adjustment –